Draft Profile: Taylor Rapp
As the 2019 NFL Draft approaches, the Browns continue to make moves. One position that is still up in the air is the second safety position. After the Browns traded Jabrill Peppers in the Odell Beckham Jr trade, there is a question about who will fill that void. So far, the Browns traded to get Eric Murray from the Chiefs, recently signed Morgan Burnett who spent the 2018 season with the Steelers. Still, Murray has never been a dominant player and it’s clear that Burnett’s best days are behind him. That raises the question, will the Browns try to fill the safety spot at 49?
If that answer is yes, one player that may be available is Taylor Rapp. Though Rapp might not be the flashiest player, he comes with a high football IQ. He’s not afraid to stick his nose in a play, especially in the running game. That would be a huge plus for the Browns defense. We all know that the Browns run defense could use some improvement, especially on the back end. The Browns finished fifth-worst in rushing yards allow (135.2 YPG). Adding another solid tackler would help improve that.
With all that being said, there are questions about his coverage ability translating to the NFL. Pro Football Focus gave him an 89.8 coverage grade, which ranked fifth amongst all safeties. His overall grade was 90.1, which was third. Though his rankings are amongst the most impressive in the draft, scouts are questioning if he’ll keep it up.
In 2018, Rapp was thrown at 18 total times, where the opponents completed only eight of those. While opposing quarterback notched a passer rating of only 12.0.
While the Browns could go other ways with pick #49, picking a safety to compete with Burnett and Murray would be an interesting way to go. We will see what else the Browns do in the next couple weeks leading up to the draft.